The Unraveling is an extremely impressive first effort from these punk rock veterans. Starting off with "Alive and Well" is a taste for what's to come: fast, talented, and catchy songs. Rise Against creates a beautiful blend of both melodic and hardcore punk, which will please fans of Strike Anywhere, 88 Fingers Louie, Pulley, and many more of the like. Almost every song is amazing, but other standout tracks: Six Ways 'Til Sunday, Reception Fades (my personal favorite), Sometimes Selling Out is Giving Up, and 1000 Good Intentions. The only dud in my opinion is Everchanging. I really cannot stand listening to it.
So if you are a hardcore kid, pick up this album. If you are a pop punk fan, pick up this album. If you like any form of punk rock, or just plain rock 'n roll, pick it up anyways. It will not disappoint you. Also, pick up Revolutions Per Minute, which is even better than The Unraveling. Trust me.